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Report: DNA test links FSU's Winston to accuser
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November 21, 2013, 2:45 am

A DNA sample provided by Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston matched the sample from the underwear of the woman who accused Winston of sexual battery in December 2012, ESPN.com reported Wednesday.

According to ESPN, the Florida crime lab determined that the odds the DNA in the woman’s underwear belongs to someone other than Winston are one in 2.2 trillion.

The test results alone do not confirm Winston sexually assaulted the woman, but they do confirm that the Heisman Trophy candidate was in close contact with the woman on the night she alleges she was sexually assaulted.

The analysis was performed by Florida Law Enforcement after Winston recently provided a DNA sample to the authorities investigating the case. The authorities matched Winston’s sample with that of a sample taken from a sexual assault kit obtained on the night of the alleged assault.

Earlier Wednesday, the woman’s family released a statement to the Tampa Bay Times alleging a Tallahassee detective warned the woman’s attorney that the client’s life “will be made miserable” if she pursued the case against Winston, who she named as a suspect in early January 2013.

“When the attorney contacted Detective (Scott) Angulo immediately after Winston was identified, Detective Angulo told the attorney that Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable,” the family of the woman told the Times.

The statement came after the Tallahassee Democrat reported Tuesday a Nov. 12 email from a city official. The email stated that Winston’s case originally stalled after the accuser, who was an FSU student at the time of the alleged incident, refused to cooperate with the investigation and didn’t wish to pursue charges against Winston.

The case remained opened, but was inactive. It was re-activated recently when a new piece of information or lead was provided to authorities, according to a police spokesperson. The state’s attorney’s office has since been forwarded the case and opened its own investigation.

Winston has not been charged or arrested in relation to the case and his attorney has denied any wrongdoing on his client’s part.



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